Manly Warringah Softball Association has been nominated for Association of the Year at the Softball NSW awards.
Long-time MWSA administrator Doug Stracey has been nominated for Volunteer of the Year.
MSWA is also nominated for good work in umpire development.
What an association. No wonder so many people want to be associated with it.
Consider: registrations are bubbling following their biggest ever “Come & Try” days.
Each Saturday in December they will be running skills sessions and pre-season matches for all players.
Rep players will compete in U/12, U/14, U/16 and Open categories in the NSW State Championships.
In a huge fillip for the squads, Olympian Jade Wall of Davidson Softball Club attended U/12 and U/16 training ahead of the State Championships in December.
Wall said talking to the girls reminded her that she loved the game as much now as when she started out.
“I really enjoyed working with the MWSA teams in their preparation for their State Championships.
“I started playing when I was 9 and joined the same team as my cousin in Hervey Bay. Representing the region and then Queensland was a huge buzz,” Wall said.
Representing Australia was something else again, according to Wall.
“The road to Tokyo felt a lot like a roller coaster with highs and lows. We were constantly overcoming challenges in an ever-changing Covid environment.
“It was a long road but all worth it when you’re standing on the diamond at the Olympic Games in the green and gold singing the Australian national anthem.
“Hitting the home run in the Mexico game is definitely my career highlight and I will never forget that feeling,” Wall said.
Wall was one of four local girls to make the Australia squad for the Olympics in Japan along with Davidson team-mates Tarni Stepto and Michelle Cox, and Brianna Trim of Warringah Softball Club.
Janine Rolfe of MWSA said their “Come & Try Days” are run by experienced coaches with assistance from MWSA’s junior representative players.
“Our clubs will find a team for players of all experience, skill and age.
“Everyone is welcome, including school teams.
“Why not bring a friend?” Rolfe enquires.
The MWSA – celebrating its 50th year – will kick-off their 10-week season on January 29.
Local teams will play:
- Teeball for girls & boys 4+
- Modball for older girls
- Softball for girls 12+ and women
Any questions, contact Janine.